It is reputed to be a building haunted by the ghost of an auctioneer. It has been at the heart of the entertainment scene and life in the city and county for more than a century and today it is the headquarters of Anglia Television.

He sits in a part of Norwich close to where his rather stately home and magnificent garden house stood... today they would be regarded as civic treasures but they have been demolished. The first 175 years ago in 1842, and the second during the 60s when the demolition ball was in full swing.

The big department stores Curls (Debenhams) and Bonds (John Lewis) were rebuilt along with many other shops. New factories were opening....Norwich was slowly coming back to life after the Second World War.

They worked hard and knew how to enjoy themselves...Norwich shoemakers were a breed apart and there were thousands of them.

Only three other places – London, Northampton and Leicester – produced more shoes than Norwich, where there were at least 30 factories turning out millions of pairs, mostly for ladies and children.

Last week we told you about the monster 80ft oven built by Barnards of Norwich back in 1950 to bake bread for the people of Scotland and today I thought it good to bring a little sunshine into your lives.

It was 80 years ago, in May of 1937, when life changed for thousands of men and women, boys and girls, in Norwich and across Norfolk. The Stars were shining.

There had been a lull in the enemy action over Norwich in the months leading up to the last week in April of 1942. There were those who started to ignore the sirens warning people to take shelter.

Rock a Hula, Rock, Rock a Hula....Elvis was top of the pops and the hula-a-hoop was being demonstrated in a shop window in Norwich – being watched by two ladies on bikes while a smart-looking chap leaned up against the wall.

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